Easy Raw Polish Carrot Salad (Surówka z Marchewki)

Shredded raw carrot

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Refrigerate: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
78 Calories
1g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 78
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 1g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy no-cook recipe for Polish carrot salad or surówka z marchewki (soo-RROOF-kahz mah-RREF-kee) is from chef Halina Piedziak of Pałac Łochów in the Polish village of Łochów.

Łochów Palace is a renovated manor house on a beautiful property now serving as upscale lodging and a conference center in the Mazovia region in mid-northeastern Poland.

The difference between surówka and sałatka is that the former salad is made with fresh, raw vegetables and the latter salad can be a meat, seafood, or vegetable salad made with cooked ingredients. 

This is a great salad option for a brunch or buffet table.


  • 5 large carrots (peeled and coarsely grated)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (peeled, cored and coarsely grated)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raisins (dark or light plumped in water 15 minutes)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Sugar (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, mix together carrots, apple, lemon juice, sunflower or vegetable oil, optional plumped and drained dark or light raisins, salt to taste, and sugar to taste.

  2. After ingredients are thoroughly mixed, cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve on chilled salad plates or pass around at the table. 

Difference Between Polish Raw Salads and Cooked Salads

Sałatka: A sałatka typically is a cold salad made with cooked ingredients. Sałatki might include chicken, tuna, ham, beef, frankfurter, egg, and other cooked proteins dressed with sour cream or Polish mayonnaise. Others are made with cooked vegetables like potatoes, beets, and others. 

Surówka: A surówka is a cold salad made with raw ingredients like this carrot salad or this sliced cucumbers in sour cream (mizeria). Other surówki are lettuce (sałata) salads, grated carrot with apple, sauerkraut, fresh cabbage, beet, radish, and other salads.

Surówki typically accompanies hot meals. They change based on seasonal produce. So in the winter, root vegetable salads figure prominently. Here are more raw salad recipes: